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September 2020

A Bonus Baby!


Thursday morning, after tending to pups and letting Honey out off and on throughout the previous night, we were enjoying watching the wriggly pups nurse and squeak as we drank our coffee.

My husband turned to me and said, “Can you count?”

We both bent over the box and peered closely at the squirming pile.  After about three and a half hours of delivering pups Wednesday, I sat with her a few hours before saying good night to 8 beautiful new babies.

But sometime over night, that turned into 9!


I groggily did multiple recounts, and yep, there were 8 born on the 16th and one tiny boy born on the 17th during the early morning hours.  

Honey got a special cottage cheese sundae to congratulate her on the newest baby.


Honey’s F1, Red Golden Doodles Are Here!

Poor Honey had a rough night.  She was nesting, but did not like her whelping box. Instead, she wanted a do it yourself type nursery for her pups.

So she went into my closet and dug a hole through the drywall. If I let her out of my sight, she was right back at it.

I was up with her most of the night, she was frantic.  My husband  took turns with watching her, we could not leave her unattended.

The poor dog couldn’t relax and go to her whelping box.  If I took her outside, she tried to dig a den. I had to keep her by my side and on a leash all day.  She was so upset, she could not stop panting and trying to go build her nest.

Finally, we came to a compromise.  My husband cleared everything out of his office closet, and we laid down a whelping pad.  It was small and dark, just what she wanted.  She seemed happy as soon as she walked in and sniffed around.


Within moments, she delivered her first little girl, all she needed was a place she felt right in.


Soon, there were a couple more babies.  Honey’s mood was nurturing and calm.  All the frenzy of the last 18 hours was gone.


Once she got into her groove, we bundled the babies in a towel and transferred them into the previously unacceptable whelping box, which she was fine with now.


The box was much better for her than the closet, and at this point, she wasn’t going to argue with me.  She was busy caring for the little ones and having a few more.


Honey was doing great and so were the pups.  She didn’t need my help one single time.  I was just there for petting and moral support.


Five girls and boys girls, all red with white markings, came quickly, safely, and efficiently.  


For having such a rough start, she certainly turned it all around. It ended up being the most simple delivery I have ever seen from one of my dogs.   
And now, we are all getting caught up on the sleep we missed last night, and counting our blessings.





EE8B5062-0751-4934-889B-E5352DCF3CA6As her tummy expands, Honey has decided she prefers the floor to pillows.  She mostly is resting now, but have been able to convince her to go on walks with us. 

Please remember as you consider getting a sweet little fluff ball of a pup, that a dog is a lifetime commitment.  See Twinkle in this photo?  At 14, she is blind and confused.  She heard my voice, but doesn’t really know which way to look to find me.  

She needs special treatment at this point in her life. I have become her seeing eye person on our walks and she follows my signs and signals to not run into curbs, steps, or logs.  

She will always be my baby, and my buddy, no matter how much extra care she needs.


Getting ready

3B3E3749-FE23-4A9A-9BE5-5461AB80D03AToday I got the whelping box cleaned up and a fresh coat of paint on it.  For now, it has big pillows inside to entice the girls to cuddle up in there.

They seem pretty happy to have it back and know it is theirs. They remembered it and jumped right in.  When Honey’s pups are due, I’ll replace the pillows with a pad.

If the timing is right Honey should be using the box about 12 days, then her puppies will move to a wading pool in another spot, and Sugar will have access to the whelping box for her delivery.

Fingers crossed for the timing going as planned. This could get complicated if Honey is late and Sugar is early!

Oh my.

Oh, yes, there are certainly pups coming!

C4BD3BC7-441E-4959-BF5E-F37CE715C110We made a fast trip to the North Carolina mountains before school started, and pups possibly came along.  I knew I’d be tied down for months once babies arrived.

When we left, we were pretty sure Honey was expecting.  While we were gone, she practically exploded!  Look at that full belly!

That is not just a possibility of puppies, that is puppies for sure.


Sugar is about 12 days behind her mother, but she had what looks like a belly blast of growth too.

Possible due date for Honey’s red and white, small-medium F1 golden doodles is Sept 15.

Sugar’s surprise package of colors, of small-medium F1b golden doodles are due Sept. 27.

Looks like I was smart to vacation while I could, huh?  I’m about to be knee deep in furry, little cuties that will take ALL my time.

And I just cannot wait!